Caitlin Flynn
January 05, 2017 3:29 pm
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Less than a year after the tragic mass shooting that left 49 people dead, Orlando’s soccer stadium has honored the Pulse victims in a beautifully creative way. On Wednesday, January 4th, the Orlando City Soccer Club stadium unveiled 49 rainbow-colored seats, with each seat representing one of the lives that was taken in Pulse nightclub.

The team’s founder Phil Rawlins helped unveil the beautiful memorial, which he said is meant to serve “as a constant reminder of the senseless acts of June 12th.”

Each seat has a stamp that reads #OrlandoUnited and they’re placed by the benches, so they’ll be seen by everyone in the stadium.[/subheader]

Pulse was founded in 2004 with the goal to empower the LGBTQ community — and it was a lifeline for many people who went there for the rare opportunity to “[j]ust be free,” LGBTQ-friendly business owner Blue Star said in June.

Although nothing can ever replace the safe space that Pulse once represented, the Orlando City Soccer Club’s memorial is a beautiful statement of solidarity, and a reminder that the LGBTQ community has many allies.

We’ll never forget the 49 people who were senselessly slain, and it’s up to us to continue to fight for LGBTQ rights and reasonable gun control laws.